The Mediterranean Basin is a region with a unique ecological landscape and deeply rooted social characteristics. 

EFIMED’s mission is to create and promote sustainable value from Mediterranean forested landscapes, in order to improve the resilience of Mediterranean ecosystems and communities and contribute to the forest sector’s leading role in the global bioeconomy.

Through the EFIMED Network, which connects forest researchers, policymakers, and practitioners across the region, and through its numerous projects, EFIMED works to bridge the gap between forest-related science, policy, and implementation, for better understanding and better management of Mediterranean forests.

Mission and goals

EFIMED focuses on improving the resilience of ecosystems and communities by promoting and creating sustainable value from Mediterranean forested landscapes.

  • Finding new ways to value and protect forest ecosystems and their services 
  • Adding local value and improving sustainability of non-wood forest products
  • Exploring strategies to mitigate fire risks for forests and people
  • Providing science-based information for social and policy innovation
  • Supporting networks and knowledge exchange across the Mediterranean region

Research focus

In line with EFI’s organisational research focus, EFIMED provides scientific research to support informed policy making across the Mediterranean basin. EFI’s strategy is built around three complementary, interdisciplinary research themes: Bioeconomy, Resilience and Governance. 

EFIMED promotes and conducts research and promotes innovative actions that enhance global knowledge related to Mediterranean forests, and which contribute to improved management, planning, and policymaking.

Current research priorities

  • Forest fire prevention and fire resilient landscapes
  • Economic tools and policies for sustainable forest goods and services
  • Connecting knowledge and innovation on Mediterranean non-wood forest products
  • Advancing understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in marginalised rural areas
  • Adapting to climate and land use changes on forest ecosystem function
  • Innovative models and decision systems for optimising forest management planning